This is the "original" look regarding Rapidan-Thornberg-Shenandoah
"A concept plan and inspiration board for the project. The goal is to replicate the rolling hills, quiet farm villages, and scenic vineyards of the northern Piedmont region of Virginia."
Here you can see a sketch of the new river scene between Thornburg and Rapidan as it is sculpted in foam and Sculptamold. The weir and mill are inspired by the real Rapidan, VA, though the mill there is much larger and still standing.
Extensive electrical work required the existing scenery in the Thornburg/Rapidan area to be torn out. We took this as an opportunity to refresh the area with a completely new scene.
The new rockwork is carved from rigid insulation foam and built as a removable panel, to ensure any future work in the area is far less destructive.
The completed rockwork in situ as a C&O BL2 rumbles past.
We relocated this grain elevator from a darkened corner of West Point and gave it a more prominent position as the focal point of the Thornburg scene.
"No one quite remembers what the old ruin was before it burned down, but the kids in town claimed to have seen dark shadows drifting past the gutted window frames in the dead of night."
Rolling green fields tie the rest of the scene together as they follow the CBW Right-of-Way.
"After," the river basin begins to take shape, complete with a new stone bridge carved from foam.
A thick growth of weeds between the rail ties completes the look of this barely-operating industry. We're applying static grass extensively during this project to great effect.